If you’re a die-hard baseball fan, you don’t just go to home games; you travel near and far to support your team. Get inspired by Fever Pitch—not The Bad News Bears—this season and stay in one of these baseball-inspired hotel suites instead of settling with a cheap motel.
Whether it’s location, themed rooms or some Hall of Fame nostalgia, these six hotels will make your day- or weekend-long trip to the ballgame an experience that’ll last long after the ninth inning.
Hotel Commonwealth, Boston, MA
Red Sox fans and out-of-towners alike will have a home-field advantage by staying at Hotel Commonwealth. Not only is Commonwealth the official hotel of the Sox, it’s a stone—rather, a ball’s throw away from Fenway Park. You can choose from an array of packages, some of which include VIP on-the-field access to batting practice, a behind-the-scenes tour of the famed Green Monster and the chance to have personal messages displayed on the scoreboard. Don’t fret if you’re not a Sox fan. (Odds are if you’re staying in a hotel, you’re not.) Hotel Commonwealth’s Baseball Suite pays homage to baseball titans the likes of Babe Ruth and Jackie Robinson. If you’re thinking this is heaven, just wait ‘til you pop in Angels in the Outfield. The suite has 40+ classic baseball films to kick back and relax to.
Rates from $339/night, www.hotelcommonwealth.com
Otesaga Resort Hotel, Cooperstown, NY
Can’t get enough of America’s favorite pastime? We can’t blame you. Head to Yankee Stadium or Citi Field to catch a game before high-tailing it upstate for some nostalgia by staying in the 106-year-old Ostega Resort Hotel in Cooperstown, NY. Rumored to be the birthplace of baseball, Cooperstown is like falling into a time warp. Guests can visit Doubleday Field and, if you purchase Otesaga’s Double Play Package, you’ll enjoy accommodations, breakfast, tickets to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum—which houses over 40,000 3D items of memorabilia, three million books and documents, and 500,000 photographs—and a baseball bat with team logo.
Rates from $365/night, www.otesaga.com
The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club, St. Petersburg, FL
Consider The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club “home base” if you’re a traveling fan (aka not rooting for the Tampa Bay Rays). If you stay at the Vinoy, you’ll be 10 short minutes from Tropicana Field, and if you purchase The Vinoy Grand Slam Baseball package, you’ll enjoy accommodations, breakfast, transportation to and from the field for two and a spectator survival kit.
Rates from $219/night, www.marriott.com
The Renaissance, Toronto, Canada
You can’t get any closer to Rogers Centre (home of the Blue Jays) if you stay in The Renaissance Toronto—the hotel is literally inside the stadium. You know what that means, don’t you? You can watch a real live ballgame from bed! That is if you book one of the 70 rooms with stadium views. Can’t guarantee it’ll be noise free, but when else can you say you stayed inside a Major League sports and entertainment venue?
Rates from $199/night, http://renaissancetoronto.com
The Hotel Union Square, San Francisco, California
You’ll have to book this suite far in advance because The Hotel Union Square only has one “Dugout Suite.” And it’s pretty spectacular. The walls are orange and the rest of the room is outfitted with Giants décor; plus there’s a gift basket loaded with ballpark treats like Cracker Jack, peanuts and bubble gum. What’s more, the hotel is just a 20-minute walk from the stadium so you can avoid all the traffic.
Inquire for prices, http://info.personalityhotels.com
The Omni, San Diego, California
The Omni San Diego’s seasonal baseball-themed package is hard to pass up with accommodations, breakfast, free parking, two tickets to a Padres game and—wait for it—free apple pie delivered directly to your room. Does it get any more American than that? It doesn’t, but it does get more convenient; the hotel connects to Petco stadium via skywalk.
Inquire for prices, www.omnihotels.com